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Build kitchens to feed children, not temples: Anandi Patel

Patel also urged corporates to openly donate to ensure each household has a toilet.

Ahmedabad | Published: August 4, 2014 1:25:48 am
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel serves food to children in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Source: PTI Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel serves food to children in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Source: PTI

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel on Sunday appealed to people to focus on building centralised kitchens to feed children instead of constructing temples.

“If we can provide quality food to children under mid-day meal scheme, we can drastically decrease the dropout ratio. I believe that it’s better to build kitchens to feed children than building temples,” Patel said, inaugurating a fully-automated kitchen, built by an NGO, at Bhadaj village here.

Patel also urged corporates to openly donate to ensure each household has a toilet. Else, she said, she would collect their Income Tax (I-T) details, along with profits earned by each of them and the activities under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), on the basis of which she would assign responsibility of talukas to one company each. “All the major companies are having their CSR budget.

My government has already acquired account statements of each and every firm operating in Gujarat to see how much they are giving back to society,” she said.

ENS & PTI

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